Elisa Paloschi - Tuscany Photo tour

with Elisa Paloschi
May 2016
Six Photographers, 9 nights

This tour promises you much photographic diversity, creative growth and a sampling of some of Italy’s finest food and wine. Picture yourself immersed in the beauty of Central Italy where the early Fall light yellows and softens, the shadows lengthen and the deep purple and brilliant green grapes burst with life. This amazing area of land, people and edgy metropolis is rich in artistic history. Tuscany is home to some of the world’s most influential people of arts and culture such as Dante, Michelangelo and Leonard da Vinci, it is said to be the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. While Rome is home to the Roman Empire and one of the birthplaces of western civilization, the city boasts both ancient history, and modern bustle. Umbria, which is considered to be Italy’s green heart is Italy’s most rural region, and is considered to be Tuscany’s wild cousin with jagged rock formations and snow-capped peaks. The birthplace of St. Francis makes Umbria Italy’s mystical heart as well, and this becomes quickly evident with the hundreds of churches and monasteries scattered on the hilltops, grassy valleys and within the confines of the medieval towns.

Tour Focus
The tour experience provides the opportunity to live and breathe photography, the space to become completely immersed in your work and the freedom to play and experiment. Time spent as a group can be both a visual and an emotional journey and is conducive to exchanging ideas, sharing enthusiasms and refreshing creative energies.

The tour itinerary has been designed specifically for serious photographers, to ensure that our time is spent in the most photogenic areas. Each region and specific place has been carefully chosen in order to explore the great photographic vastness and diversity of the central Italy culture, history, landscape and people.

This tour is for anyone passionate about photography, from novice to experienced amateur or professional who wants to expand their vision while discovering Central Italy's social, cultural and geographical history through photography.

Elisa Paloschi is a Toronto based filmmaker and photographer who spends most of her time traveling far from the city, including a 10 year stint in Italy.  While living in Rome and Florence, Elisa explored central Italy extensively and continues to do so with yearly visits to the place that feels more like home than anywhere else she knows.  She is fluent in Italian, has a deep understanding of the nuances of the Italian culture and dialects and in particular knows when yes means no and that a green light does not always give you right of way.  Elisa has designed and led photography and culinary tours to Italy since 2005.

Sonia Ter Hovanessian, originally from the U.K. came to Italy ten years ago and has made a home for herself in this intriguing and beautiful country. To keep herself out of trouble she divides her time between playing, teaching music & photography as well as designing and guiding biking tours and photographic tours in Europe. These include: Street Photography in London for Italians, and Tours around Italy. www.soniaterhovanessian.com

While the tour must have a definite outline and format, a flexible itinerary may be adapted as required to accommodate for the unexpected opportunities, and the serendipitous twists, which often transpire during tours. Ultimately the emphasis throughout is on seeing, and the priority is to ensure good creative photography, providing an ample amount of time each day so participants will have the opportunity to explore without being rushed. We will visit places such as Perugia, Assisi, Spello, landscapes and towns of the Siena province, Rome by night and off the beaten track.

Cost is based on six participants and includes one way surface travel from Florence to Rome, 9 nights of accommodation based on double occupancy (we assign a roommate when possible if travelling alone; single supplement available at an additional charge), 9 breakfasts and 1 dinner.

Not Included
Flights to Italy, airport transfers, meals other than as indicated, anything else not mentioned here.

Contact Elisa for bookings or more information.